My current project explores how and why researchers cite sources in scholarly publications and what these citation practices can tell us about HCI and design research as social systems. I am especially interested in the role that interactive systems play both in shaping how researchers think about citations and in strengthening citation practices by design. Citation decisions are shaped by normative, social, and political factors. Understanding the interrelationship between these factors has concrete implications for assessing academic impact, tenure and promotion decisions, and funding. Thus far, I have sought to understand these factors using content analytic techniques, interview studies, and discourse analyses of interactive reference management systems. These studies have shed important light on citation practices in HCI and design research, and they have appeared in top-tier venues, such as Design Studies. My paper on critical citations in Design Research Society (DRS) conference proceedings won best paper honors at the most recent DRS conference.
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